Israeli military occupation authorities issued administrative detention orders for imprisonment without charge or trial against 41 Palestinian prisoners, including 26 Palestinians from Hebron district on Tuesday, April 21, according to the Palestine Prisoners’ Society. These followed on 5 prisoners sent to administrative detention on Sunday, April 19.

The detainees were sentenced for a period ranging between two months and six months, with twelve of the detainees receiving detention orders without charge or trial for the first time, whereas the remaining 29 detainees had their administrative detention sentence renewed for the second or third time.

Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts.

The use of administrative detention dates from the “emergency laws” of the British colonial era in Palestine. Israel’s use of administrative detention violates international law; such detention is allowed only in individual circumstances that are exceptionally compelling for “imperative reasons of security.”

There are around 500 detainees serving administrative detention in several Israeli jails, including Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar who has been recently sentenced to 6 months of administrative detention, and 8 other PLC members.

WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency has provided the names of the 41 detainees who received administrative detention orders:

1. Mahmoud Fasfous, of Hebron, 4 months
2. Abdullah Sha’aban, of Jenin, 4 months
3. Amir Shammas, of Hebron, 4 months.
4. Nour Dudin, of Hebron, 4 months
5. Bajes Swaiti, of Hebron, 4 months
6. Raed al-Amla, of Hebron, 6 months
7. Murad Shqaiqat, of Jenin, 4 months
8. Mustafa Braija, of Bethlehem, 6 months
9. Muhammad al-Habal, of Tubas, 4 months
10. Ahmad al-Qiq, of Hebron, 3 monhts
11. Hasan Shihada, of Abu Dis, 4 months
12. Tareq Hamed, of Ramallah, 4 months
13. Suhaib Jidan, of Ramallah, 4 months
14. Ayman Za’aqiq, of Hebron, 6 months
15. Nour Jaffal, of Abu Dis, 4 months
16. Nedal al-Boum, of Nablus, 6 months
17. Muhammad Abu Ras, of Hebron, 6 months
18. Said al-Asafra, of Hebron, 5 months
19. Sufian al-Wahaddin, of Hebron, 4 months
20. Fawzi Talahma, of Hebron, 6 months
21. Issa Awawda, of Hebron, 4 months
22. Bashar Da’na, of Hebron, 6 months
23. Anas Dweik, of Hebron, 6 months
24. Ismail Slaibi, of Hebron, 6 months
25. Ala’a Za’aqiq, of Hebron, 6 months
26. Abdul-Qader Sharawna, of Hebron, 4 months
27. Nedal Jaber, of Qalqilya, 6 months
28. Munther Abu Atwan, of Hebron, 4 months
29. Firas Masalama, of Hebron, 4 months
30. Abdullah Bani Odeh, of Nablus, 4 months
31. Arqam Ahmaro, of Hebron, 3 months
32. Muhammad al-Khatib, of Hebron, 4 months
33. Imad Isma’il, of Ramallah, 4 months
34. Shaher Abu Ghalyoun, of Hebron, 4 months
35. Ahmad Huraimi, of Bethlehem, 4 months
36. Mustafa Shawer, of Hebron, 2 months
37. Mahmoud Ayyash, of Ramallah, 4 months
38. As’ad Imam, of Hebron, 4 months
39. Raed Sharbati, of Hebron, 4 months
40. Muhammad Abu Ghalya, of Jerusalem, 5 months
41. Tamer Qawasmah, of Hebron, 4 months

These 41 orders followed 5 more issued on Sunday, April 19 from the military court at Ofer:

1. Abd al-Rahman Hammad, of Qalandia refugee camp, 6 monhts
2. Osama Ida’is, of Hebron, 6 months
3. Joma’a al-Jojo, of Bethlehem, 4 months
4. Ahmad al-Hrimi, of Bethlehem, 4 months
5. Ahmad al-Rai, of Qalqilia, 2 months